IU men’s soccer 2012 national champions to be honored at White House

From IU sports information:

IU Men’s Soccer To Be Honored at White House

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University men’s soccer team will be honored for its 2012 NCAA Championship in a ceremony at the White House on Monday, March 10, in Washington, D.C.

Joining the players and coaching staff will be Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass.

President Barack Obama will welcome 19 NCAA Division I teams that won titles in 2012-13 for an event on the South Lawn.

“It is a huge honor to be able to return to the White House, representing Indiana University and the Athletics Department,” said head coach Todd Yeagley. “This is a prestigious event and we are proud to be part of it. 

“We could not be more proud of the players, staff and Coach Yeagley, who propelled our storied men’s soccer program to the 2012 NCAA Championship,” Glass said. “We are thrilled for all associated with the program that they will be honored in this way, and extraordinarily grateful to the President for this gracious invitation. It is certain to be the experience of a lifetime for our student-athletes.”

The Hoosiers brought home the program’s eighth National Championship in December 2012 with a 1-0 win over Georgetown in the College Cup championship game. Nikita Kotlov scored the game-winning goal in that match, with Patrick Doody and Eriq Zavaleta assisting on the play.

Goalkeeper Luis Soffner was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the tournament after a pair of shutouts vs. Creighton (1-0) and the Hoyas. Soffner allowed just one goal during the Hoosiers’ five-game tournament run, with a 4-0 victory over Xavier, 2-1 double overtime win at No. 1 seed Notre Dame, and a 1-0 win at North Carolina in the quarterfinals.

Offensively that season the Hoosiers were led by Zavaleta’s 18 goals. Seven of his scores were game winners, including the deciding goals in the wins at Notre Dame and North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.



  1. Dustin,

    What did Glass mean when he thanked the players first, the staff second and Coach Yeagley last? Was that a deliberate dig at Coach Yeagley who had a bad a season? Why didn’t you do your job and follow-up?

    I’m just confused.

  2. Double down…if you follow these pages you’d know the White House gives IU soccer more time and effort than Dustin Dopirak ever did. Dustin ‘doesn’t do soccer’, so his interest is probably political. This may be the very first soccer story he didn’t blow off and it is probably because it was a pre-written release. (i.e. should not carry a by-line).

    And, if you want to make this personal, be sure you know what you are opening up. You’re not smart enough.

  3. Tsao,
    I put the post up because Jeremy was driving the van to Ann Arbor when we got the e-mail and we thought it should go up as quickly as possible without us having to stop the van to change seats. The reason I don’t do soccer is because we have other guys who do soccer. I cover football in the fall, and the fact that you don’t think I do a very good job of that has also been noted. There were no political biases behind the posting of this blog piece.

  4. Tsao, pobrecito mi amigo. I didn’t know that your skin was so thin. I’ll ease up on the pedal. I thought you could handle a little internet/comment section jousting. Harvard and i disagree all the time and we’re always firing shots at each other, but I’m pretty sure each of us have our tongue’s firmly planted in our cheeks most of the time. It’s all in good fun.

    However, I see you’re overly sensitive and completely humorless. So, just go back to your regularly scheduled programing of inventing boogymen, conjuring up false motives and typing so much, yet saying so little.

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